A favorite scene from The Thief Steals Her Earl
My favorite scene I’ve ever written happened in The Thief Steals Her Earl (Craven House Series, Book One). It captures a moment with Simon and Jude when they are both extremely vulnerable. Simon, Lord Cartwright, feels betrayed by Jude. Jude has no idea how to make him believe she didn’t mean for their lives to spiral so out of control.
The problem is, Simon is trouble with face-to-face interactions. He’d not versed in displaying emotion nor understanding what another is trying to convey. I took one sensory element away from my characters—sight. I put a solid door between them. They needed to express their emotions in a way that gave Jude the ability to say all she needed to say and Simon time to process her words and correlate his own love for her.
Here is the scene...
The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis
(Craven House #2)
by Christina McKnight
ebook, 300 pages
Published February 21st 2017
COURTSHIP WAS NEVER SO SCANDALOUS
The grandson of an unconventional marquis and son of a notorious woman, Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent most of his life outside of London. His atypical upbringing has left him longing for roots and a traditional family life, and he’s determined to live his life above reproach. When he meets Miss Samantha Pengarden, he believes he’s found the woman he wants to marry—except she has other far more sensual ideas for him.
Known throughout the ton as the illegitimate rebellious daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Samantha has never had to face the world without her shy twin by her side—until now. Her sister’s marriage and the return of her blackguard father leaves her alone and adrift. When Elijah agrees to escort her to the town’s most infamous establishments, she thinks she’s finally found a man with a taste for scandal and a knowledge of matters of the flesh.
But she never counted on Elijah being so honorable. When Samantha is listed as the mistress of the Marquis of Ridgefeld in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins—and only Elijah can save her. Can two total opposites come together for a love certain to last a lifetime?
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Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.
Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.